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Claim 15: Secure Work
Amend the definition of permanent part-time employee in relevant Awards to include:

  • A requirement that the instrument of appointment must state the minimum number of hours guaranteed each fortnight;
  • That the instrument of appointment may also specify the number of additional hours an employee can work as ordinary time so long as they do not exceed 20% of the minimum hours or fulltime hours;
  • If additional hours are not specified in the instrument of appointment, then any hours worked above the minimum are paid as overtime and if they are specified, then any hours worked in excess are paid as overtime.
  • That the minimum engagement for a permanent part-time employee be 4 hours with all hours to be worked continuously except for a meal break.

Claim 16: Conversion to Permanent employment
A fixed term employee or casual will have the right to be converted to permanency after 12 months of continuous employment, where the work is ongoing, or same or similar duties are available. Seasonal workers will not be denied conversion because of the breaks between contracts.

Claim 17: Conversion of regular hours 
A permanent part-time employee who works more hours than their guaranteed minimum for a continuous period of 12 months, has a right to have their guaranteed minimum hours increased up to the hours they have been working.

Claim 18: Filling Vacancies

  • Where a position becomes vacant and is not filled within 12 weeks, the employer will notify impacted employees and their union of the action being taken to fill the position and how workload is being managed in the interim.
  • Workplaces with systemic vacancies will have standing approval of overtime for any additional hours worked.

Claim 19: General Stream Band 1 is a Training Level
Amendment be made to TSSA General Stream classification descriptors to make it clear that Band 1 is a training level and employees should progress beyond Band 1 once a training program has been completed.